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Gear Talk / Re: WANTED: Getting my wife her first touring bike!
« on: May 31, 2012, 09:47:28 am »
You have a wanted listing in Classifieds; I think that is the place.

Gear Talk / Re: Bike shorts + chamois cream (Experience)
« on: May 26, 2012, 09:21:43 pm »
I don't use chamois cream; I use Bag Balm. I carry only one extra pr of shorts, and wash shorts every night. I am more concerned with bacteria than greasy feel.

Gear Talk / Re: Feedback on this bike please...
« on: May 26, 2012, 09:18:59 pm »
Neither bike is a tourer, but each could do.

Speeder has high gearing for a true touring bike. Nine speed will be more easier to get parts than 8-speed. Presumably, "freewheel" is a cassette.

Marin has lower gearing, but I would swap 28 tooth chainwheel for 24 or 22. Specs say rims are 32 hole, while saying rear hub is 36 hole. Thirtysix hole rims are standard for touring road bikes. 28c tires are on small side for touring (some tires marked 28c actually measure just 24c wide). In a poll, half the riders who tried gel saddles were disappointed.

(Ex rugger.)

Gear Talk / Re: Bottom bracket replacement - 118 vs 110
« on: May 21, 2012, 02:13:53 pm »
Gear Guru Berto advises that a double BB will work 80 percent of time for triple crankset. You must try to see. If anything hits frame, I suspect it will be inner chainring, not pedals.

Gear Talk / Re: Searching for a Bike
« on: May 19, 2012, 06:22:11 pm »
Bikesdirect has been discussed many times; see archives. Also see recent discussion for "Windsor Tourist".

Gear Talk / Re: Touring Bikes Under Consideration
« on: May 17, 2012, 10:35:22 am »
Considering your inexperience, I suggest you have the inner chainring changed to smallest possible by the dealer when you buy your Trek 520. You may be glad you did when pedaling up hills fully loaded on tour.

Gear Talk / Re: Tire width - 28 too narrow for touring?
« on: May 06, 2012, 09:56:36 am »
I have toured thousands of miles with 28mm tires, some of which measured only 24mm, with weight of bicycle and load 95 lb or  more. I did not see any particular problems, save when I had a short stretch through sand. I currently use wider tires with slightly less load, and recommend that you use wider tires, but if 28mm tires are all you have, or maximum width that will fit, go for it. Note my experience with 28mm tires, that not all the tires measured full width. If you are going to go with tires just 28mm wide, make sure they all measure full width.

Routes / Re: New York State Bike Routes vs. ACA Northern Tier?
« on: May 05, 2012, 10:07:57 pm »
I do not recommend the New York State bike routes. They maybe useful for plotting general direction, but follow too much main roads. Both Rt 17 and Rt 9 are busy. Your idea of staying on one road simplifies things, is how these routes were designed way they are. I was told, following main roads, they were easiest to plot. Suggest you follow county roads and possibly suitable town roads .

Gear Talk / Re: Bar-end mirror & front down tube shifter?
« on: April 22, 2012, 08:45:12 am »
Clamp-on downtube shifters are available. Chuck Harris eyeglass and helmet mirrors are not shaky.

Gear Talk / Re: Collapsible water carriers
« on: April 01, 2012, 08:38:28 pm »
Apparently you want a water carrier for drinking. I have enough drinking water in the three water bottles I carry for drinking and cooking that evening and next morning. For water for sponge bathing and washing clothes I carry a bucket I can fill similar to one below.

Gear Talk / Re: Buying a Bicycle from Europe
« on: April 01, 2012, 12:01:36 pm »
There are number of bicycles originating in Europe that match the type of touring models mentioned by DaveB, Thorn, etc.

In response to inquiry to Koala Bike Store, UK,, which advertises Cannondale, Jamis, Novara, etc, I received the following reply,

"We do not accept paypal due to the inability of PayPal to confirm that an address is verified in their payment system.

Western Union is what other customers in your country have been paying and their items has been delivered without any problem."

Another reported receiving the following reply to his inquiry,

"we are unable to process all credit cards due to the problem we are currently facing with our credit card processor, our credit card processor developed issues because of large volume of order we are having at the moment due to the ongoing promo we are currently running to all our new and existing customers."

Again, it was requested funds be sent by Western Union.

I do not know if firm is legitimate or not, but the requests payment be sent by Western Union suggests caution.


Gear Talk / Re: Buying a Bicycle from Europe
« on: March 31, 2012, 04:21:49 pm »
Still have questions of problems importing, including customs. None of the UK dealers suggested lists touring bicycles.

Gear Talk / Buying a Bicycle from Europe
« on: March 30, 2012, 08:02:24 pm »
Anyone bought a bicycle from Europe? Problems? Customs cost?

Not inquiring about buying a bike in Europe, but from Europe, order from USA, shipped from Europe to USA.

Gear Talk / Re: Old Touring Bicycles
« on: March 24, 2012, 11:59:07 am »
Basically, I agree with Paddleboy17, except his advice on price. The Miyata 1000 is highly sought, and it is optimistic to expect one in good condition at that price. In general, I do not advise on price to pay, noting those that do tend to advise what I would judge as low ball offers.

I toured until last year on an older bike, 1973, a racing bike modified for touring. If the Miyata is in good condition, it is certainly good enough for long distance touring.

In spite of saying that, if you have to ask, the bike may not be right for you. You should be well versed with basic maintenance to have completely overhauled the bike before you start on a long distance tour, be able to able to do basic repairs on road, have a least a minimum set of tools with you, and know where to get the no longer manufactured parts you may need. Not that a bike that old in good condition to start with, completely overhauled before commencing trip, will give you appreciably more trouble than a newer bike, but you never know.

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